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21 November 2011

Greater Moncton International Airport

Greater Moncton International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Canada. It is located 7.4km east of downtown Moncton in the New Brunswick province.
Greater Moncton International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Canada.
The airport handles more than five million passengers annually. Image courtesy of Lrdevlop.
A new hangar was opened at the airport in November 2006. Image courtesy of Transport Canada.

Greater Moncton International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Canada. It is located 7.4km east of downtown Moncton in the New Brunswick province. It is owned by Transport Canada and operated by Greater Moncton International Airport Authority.

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The airport handles about five million passengers and 20,000mt of cargo a year.

Expansions to Greater Moncton airport

"Greater Moncton International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Canada."

A C$28m ($27.49) new international terminal building construction project at the airport was initiated in July 2001. Construction was completed and the terminal was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in October 2002.

The construction contract was awarded to Meridian Construction and Gladstone Development. The terminal was designed by Architects Four and YVRAS acted as project manager. The project included construction of a 15,500m2 terminal, four gates and two bridges, a central hall and an underground parking lot.

In June 2010, the airport announced a $25m airfield rehabilitation project. The three-year project involves rehabilitation of taxiways, aprons and runways as well as improvement of drainage, electrical systems and pavements. The project is being funded through a C$20m airport improvement and reconstruction fund.

In February 2011, the airport proposed to expand the main runway from the existing 1,875m to 3,200m. The extended runway is expected to be in use by 2013. The runway extension will enable the airport to handle larger wide-bodied and heavy aircraft.

Terminal features at the busy international airport

The airport has one passenger terminal. The passenger facilities at the terminal include 22 check-in desks, six gates, two airbridges and two baggage claim belts. It also includes a VIP lounge, restaurants, bars, duty free shop, gift shop, tourist help desk, car rental and taxi service, first aid and access facilities for the disabled.

ATC (air traffic control) tower

The air traffic control (ATC) tower at the airport was built in 1964. NAV Canada provides all the ATC and flight information services as well as weather briefings.

"In June 2010, the airport announced a $25m airfield rehabilitation project."

The airport has two runways. The first runway (11/29) is 2,438m long. The second (06/24) is 1,875m. Both the runways are paved with asphalt.

Shell is the fixed base operator and ATS is the ground handler at the airport. PLH Aviation Services and Shell Aviation companies supply aircraft fuel.

In November 2006, the airport opened a new hangar at the airport. In February 2005, Herve Pomerleau was awarded the contract to construct the hangar. Architecture 2000 in association with ZAS Architects designed the hangar. The cost of the project was C$9m.

The hangar houses aircraft belonging to Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Transport Canada.

Ground transportation at Greater Moncton International Airport

Acadian bus provides services from the airport to the city. Ramada, Holiday Inn and Corporate Car Services provide shuttle services. Offices of the car rental companies such as Avis, Budget, Hertz and National are located on the main level of the terminal.

Parking facilities at the major Canadian airport

The airport provides for both short and long-term parking. The short-term parking is located in front of the airport entrance and long-term parking is below the short-term parking area. It has 122 short and 506 long-term parking spaces. It also has parking spaces available for the handicapped.

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